As the number of days to catch a red snapper is winding down, the temperature on the docks are on the rise.
This Saturday, July 21, is the last day to catch red snapper. Snapper season for federally permitted boats opened June 1, while the season for recreational boats opened June 11
All and all, I’d give the overall red snapper season an “A.” It’s been a productive season with many of the charters up and down the docks catching their limit, two per person, almost daily. For some charter boats, which ran doubles, they hit their limit twice a day.
As for the temperature outside, it is definitely on the rise. Monday while at the docks I checked the Weather Underground App on my phone and it said it was “92 degrees and felt like 117 degrees.” From the sweat that was soon dripping down my back and down the side of my face, I was feeling every bit of those rising temps. The sad part is, it’s not even August yet, which is usually the hottest part of the summer.
Anyhow, folks are still fishing and pulling in those red snapper with other species to boot.
Capt. Reid Phillips and his Texas anglers aboard the Rewind on Monday came in with some big red snapper, mingo, white snapper and four mahi mahi. Deckhand Aaron said they ran across a school of mahi. Dylan Phillips, captain’s son, caught the first one on a jig and then the rest of the mahi just came right up and they were able to get them all pretty quick.
Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin backed in with some big red snapper and a few mingo from a morning trip.
Capt. Don Dineen and his group from Ohio on the Sure Lure came in with their limit of red snapper and several amberine.
“We got into them,” Dineen said of the amberine, noting they had a little rally going.
Ohio anglers on the Lucky Lina with Capt. Steve Lathi pulled in their red snapper, along with mingo and a lane snapper.
Capt. Bill Williams and his group of anglers on the Striker had a variety of fish on the racks. They had red snapper, black snapper, mingo, mahi mahi, king mackerel and a cobia.
Texas anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter also had a cobia on the racks in addition to their red snapper and king mackerel. The deckhand said they caught the cobia while bottom fishing. However, word is they lost another cobia to a 500-pound tiger shark.
Louisiana anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Wayne Dillon hauled in some big red snapper, mingo and a bonito.
Mississippi anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller came in with a couple of king mackerel, red snapper and mingo on Monday, while the Texas group on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn loaded up on their limit of red snapper.
Capt. Chuck Bonner with Backcountry Outfitters and his group filled the racks with red snapper, black snapper, mingo and lane snapper.
Texas anglers on the Miss Nautica with Capt. Jimmy Miles had a good mix on the racks. They had red snapper, mingo, Almaco Jack and white snapper.
Capt. Bryan Kelley on the Screamn Drag had their limit of red snapper, some mingo and white snapper and a small speckled hind which is part of the grouper family.
Louisiana anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre filled the racks with red snapper, king mackerel and mingo.
On the blue water front, Destin had three or four vessels in the running for the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Big Game Fishing Championship.
The Gulf Coast Triple Crown is a championship series that promotes offshore big game fishing and awards an annual champion.
The tournament series consisted of five tournaments, starting with the Orange Beach Billfish Classic in mid-May, followed by the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic in Venice, Louisiana. Third in the string of tournaments was the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic held out of Biloxi and the next was the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic held at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin.
The last was the Blue Marlin Grand Championship held at The Wharf in Orange Beach this past weekend.
The winner of the Triple Crown was the Done Deal out of Louisiana.
Placing third overall was Destin Capt. Allen Staples of the Wynsong, while Capt. Chase Lake and Team Supreme of Destin finished in fifth place.
The Triple Crown was won last year by Destin’s Capt. Jeff Shoults of the Mollie.
Fishing is red hot and so are the temps. Bring plenty of water and get ready to catch fish.
See you at the docks.